Brexiteer gloats as Macron throws toys out of pram over fishing rights

The French President has vowed to take continue taking a tough line in trade negotiations and protect his country’s fishing industry. His European Affairs minister Clement Beaune said a trade deal was still possible but “not at any cost”.

Mr Lowe, a former Brexit Party MEP, said Britain’ fishermen needed the Government’s support and praised UK negotiator David Frost for defending their interests.

He tweeted: “Not surprised at all to see the French Government are upset with our fishing demands.

“@DavidGHFrost – if Macron is unhappy, you’re probably doing something right!

“It should be our Government’s job to stand up for British fishermen. They’ve been neglected for far too long!”

Earlier, Mr Beaune said a post-Brexit trade deal would be the best outcome for both sides.

But he insisted: “We will not accept a deal at any price. Better no deal at all than a bad deal.”

Britain and the European Union clashed last week over the chances of securing a free trade agreement, with Brussels deeming it “unlikely” but London holding out hope one could be reached in September.

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France is one of the coastal states that has pushed hardest for EU fishermen to keep the right to fish in British waters after the Brexit transition period expires at the end of this year.

Mr Beaune, a self-described anglophile who has advised Mr Macron on Brexit negotiations since the 2016 referendum, said France would be “intransigent” on fishing and would not be “intimidated” by Britain in the negotiation “game”.

Brussels effectively wants existing rules surrounding fishing rights to continue beyond Brexit with both sides operating under the EU’s Common Fisheries Policy.

But the UK Government is keen to avoid such a scenario and instead wants annual negotiations over access to British waters.

The UK has long criticised the EU’s rules on fishing, which means EU-based fleets secure about eight times as much fish in UK waters as British fishermen do in EU waters.

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